I recently had the opportunity to plan a group excursion for 8 to Casa de Pariso in Juan Dolio. There were plenty of great things about the villa and several things that should be considered before booking your stay. I’ve broken down my review in pros (good) and cons (bad):
• The private pool in the backyard. The pool is often warm even though the weather can be a little chilly.
• The private BBQ grill in the backyard. My group enjoyed a nice grill-out.
• The Wi-Fi Internet.
• An abundance of space for 8 or more.
• The pharmacy/store in the front of the county club. Here you can purchase several items that you will run out of.
• The hotel, which is a 10-minute walk, that serves great food and will call you a taxi. They speak English very well.
• 2 out of 5 of the rooms’ air conditioners didn’t work. This made it quiet uncomfortable in the heat.
• Every room only has one light bulb. If you are trying to apply make-up or loose something, it can be quite difficult to do so.
• The property manager, driver, and maid/cook speak little to no English. The driver Reynaldo understands minimum, the property manager and maid understands and speaks none.
• There is no light near the grill so if you are grilling at night it is quite difficult. If you have an Android or iPhone download a flashlight application.
• The Wi-Fi Internet only works downstairs. I thought it was good because it forces everyone to congregate.
• The hot water only lasts for 7-10 minutes. So your group will need to get in the shower, wet their bodies, turn of the water, bathe, and then rinse. The water heater is ½ the size found in most homes.
• The kitchen faucet must be turned on under the sink and it runs when the upstairs shower runs.
• If the group prior uses all the minutes on the phone, you will only be able to receive calls.
• There are no blinds or curtains on most windows to block the sun and to cool the house.
• When it rained, moth-like bugs began coming from under the windows even though they were closed. We had to stuff wet towels in the seal to stop them from entering.
Things to consider/suggestions:
• When needing a taxi, utilize the hotel and ask for Geraldo. After the first time, get his card and whenever you call him you can negotiate your rate. He is a good haggler, but as soon as he realizes you will use him often he begins to make runs below cost. He will drop you off, wait for you, and then take you back. This is handy when visiting many of the clubs. If you have the hotel call him, he has to pay them commissions and can’t negotiate the rates.
• There are no pay phones in Juan Dolio. So make sure your phone and SIM card can connect to the local services. AT&T has no problems and T-Mobile requires a different SIM card.
• DO NOT use the pre-stocking option. I was told it was $35 but the property manager tried to charge me $75.
• When completing the pre-stocking list, many of the items listed will not be purchased and you will be told that it is because they aren’t offered in the D.R. but the staff goes to a store called JUMBO. I found many of the items like ground beef at a chain supermarket less than 15 minutes away called Iberia. This store also has name brand products and is much cheaper than JUMBO.
• The villa is approximately 15-20 minutes away from the airport but in traffic it can be roughly 45 minutes.
• The villa is approximately 1 hr or more to certain places such as the Colonial Zone, the metropolitan area (Metro Centro Mall), and the tourist strip.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.